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March 5, 2010

Los Cabos Spas Offer Holistic Programs and Healing Spa Treatments

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Los Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

For many travelers, Los Cabos is Mexico’s premiere vacation destination for relaxation and rejuvenation, and an escape from the stresses of everyday life. Now Los Cabos is inviting travelers to take a journey down the “road to wellness” and experience the region’s multitude of holistic programs and healing spa treatments that aim to harmonize the mind, body and soul.

From spa rituals that stimulate the senses and relax the mind to wellness programs designed to release the “happy hormone,” the following spas offer guests experiences they’ll find only at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortes:

Located at the heart of Medano Beach, Cabo Villas Beach Resort invites guests to immerse themselves in a haven of relaxation and serenity at the resort’s signature spa, Sparitual. Start an experience with a Pacific Lava Shell Ritual where warm tiger shells are massaged into the muscles followed by a Chakras Harmonizing Holistic Healing Therapy, performed with sacred instruments and quartz to balance the energy of the body and reconnect the spirit. The two treatments are $180 plus tax and last for one hour and 40 minutes. Visit

Auriga Spa at Capella Pedregal takes a holistic approach to wellness based on the unique phases of the moon. To fully indulge in the spa’s offerings, guests are invited to partake in the resort’s wellness programs designed to enhance lives and create happiness. The resort offers three unique four-day programs to choose from including stress management, relationship enhancement and beauty inside and out. The programs treat the body through spa therapies, the mind through learning opportunities and the spirit through mediation. Each program includes Auriga Lifestyle Cuisine meals three times a day, a selection of spa treatments, personal training sessions, consultations with nutritional experts and a relaxing in-room bath on the evening of the guests’ arrival. Price varies per package. Visit

Casa Dorada Resort’s Niparaja Saltwater Ritual stimulates all five senses and relaxes the mind while beautifying the body. Guests begin with a spiritual cleansing rite with medicinal herbs and Mexican tree sap smoke followed by a sponge bath with an exfoliating scrub and water from both the ocean and the rocks of a nearby spring located in the middle of the Baja desert. Harmonize the inner self on a Nausicaa table that blows warm air from below and a fresh breeze from above, working together to harmonize the inner self. Guests also enjoy an all-natural desert plant and clay corporal mask that nourishes the body, applied through a gentle, relaxing massage. The grand finale is a facial to clean and rehydrate the skin on the Nausicaa bed treating them to deep and lasting peacefulness. The Niparaja Saltwater Ritual is $209 and lasts two hours. Visit

Transport to a complete state of relaxation with Dreams Los Cabos Sabai Mineral Therapy treatment. This unique stone therapy blends healing and repairing micronized minerals like malachite and zincite with essential oils to create an aura of blissful serenity while distressing the entire body. Additionally, this advanced therapy stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, increases skins cellular activity and promotes tissue regeneration. This treatment is $200 and lasts 80 minutes. Visit

Indulge in the Esperanza Resort’s unique and exclusive Pasaje De Agua Therapy which draws upon the tradition of using hot and cold waters, steam and rest for purifying and rejuvenating the body. The water therapy experience includes a dip in the warm-spring soaking pool, a visit to the steam caves and a cool waterfall rinse. Revive your body with the resort’s signature grated coconut and lime body exfoliation, followed by a massage using the Esperanza’s own Baja Lime replenishing lotion. The therapy ends with a selection of Augas Frescas indigenous fresh fruit beverages that replenish the body. This therapy is $225 plus tax. Visit

Harnessing the healing power of touch, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos, Golf & Spa Resort’s signature Le Vin massage at the SOMMA Wine SPA combines wine therapy with various techniques of Swedish, Mio-intensive and Lomi-Lomi massage. In addition to the pleasure aspect of this massage, wellness benefits are largely due to the grape seed oil that is used during the massage, as it is plentiful in polyphenols. Nurturing not only the outside of the body but the inside, this antioxidant helps in eliminating free radicals and preventing premature aging. This treatment is $165 with tax and lasts 80 minutes. Visit

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Designed to create harmony for the mind, body and spirit, the Marquis Los Cabos’ Holistic Spa is a sanctuary for all of your senses. Offering a variety of alternative treatments and utilizing natural products from the earth like clay, essential oils, seaweed and herbal medicine, skilled therapists work to detoxify and relax the body. The Aromatic and Therapeutic Experience aims to harmonize all of the chakras using kinesiology and essential oils and quartz that are picked out specifically for each guest to achieve the best alchemical treatment. The experience includes a therapeutic massage that stimulates specific points of vital energy coupled with a bath treatment of aromatic salts and detoxifying essential oils. The experience is $180 and lasts for 80 minutes. Visit

The Abhyanga Massage at Me Cabo’s YHI Spa stimulates the release of energy while relieving stress as well as muscle aches and pains. The 80-minute massage focuses on a technique that helps remove stagnant energy and activates a person’s inner prana or life force. The massage is $208. Visit

Located at an exclusive site by the sea, Playa Grande’s Thalassotherapy Spa brings seawater directly from the Sea of Cortes, considered to be the richest body of water on earth. Each guest at the spa receives a selection of personalized therapies adapted to his or her particular needs. Treatments such as the Healing Touch massage or the Temazcal Ceremony enhance guests’ energy balance, relieve stress, work to restore skin’s firmness and suppleness as well as improve circulation and detoxification of the body. The Healing Touch massage is $80 and lasts for 30 minutes, while the Temazcal Ceremony is $155 per guest with a minimum group of four guests, and lasts 120 minutes. Visit

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa offers a unique cultural experience with the Temazcal ritual, which originates from a form of indigenous steam bath that was utilized for therapeutic, detoxifying and ritual purposes. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica has preserved the elements from the past and added their own disciplines liked meditation, visualization, breathing techniques and medicinal herbs. The resort has created an experience for guests that works to provide benefits like the release of muscle tension, stress and negative energy and provides an opportunity for introspective exploration. The therapy is $130 per person and is performed for a minimum of two people.

To bring joy into the lives of all their guests, One & Only Palmilla has created the three-day Joyful Journey Spa Package in conjunction with ESPA. The three-day program includes a series of activities and treatments that have been scientifically proven to reduce stress hormones while promoting the production of serotonin, the happy hormone. Activities and treatments include Laughter Yoga, Musical Therapy, Joyful Art, Meditation and the ESPA Uplifting Obsidian Stone Experience. This three-day experience is $650 per person and does not include the price of accommodations. Visit

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar’s relaxing and anti-stress Aromatherapy treatment available at the Cactus Spa will have guests feeling that their mind, body and soul are in perfect harmony. The 80-minute treatment is a relaxing combination of massage and natural essential oils that promotes de-stressing and calming of the entire body. This treatment is $121 plus taxes. Visit

Vistazul Suites & Spa Aquazul Spa transports guests to the past by inviting them to enjoy an authentic Temazcal Bath. This Pre-Hispanic ritual is used for therapeutic, invigorating, energizing and spiritual purposes. The Temazcal is a small-enclosed structure where red-hot volcanic rocks that have been infused with medicinal and relaxing herbs are placed to produce stream. Guests sit inside this structure that promotes the production of sweat helping in the excretion of uric acid, toxins that accumulate in the blood stream, cleans the upper airways and digestive system and strengthens the nervous system among a list of other benefits. The Temazcal Bath is performed for a minimum of four people and maximum of ten and all participants must be over the age of 12. The treatment lasts for two hours and is $80 per person.

Be engulfed by the powerful elements of nature with Zoetry Casa Del Mar’s Holistic Ritual at the Zoetry Sueños del Mar Spa. Taking the body on a journey to a place of relaxed contemplation, the ritual takes place at one of the resort’s beach palapas. It is there, with the soothing sounds of crashing waves playing in the background, that the body is purified with copal and natural incense followed by a relaxing massage that includes Damiana oil, a desert plant native to the Baja region, and quartz crystals that induce a meditative state. The ritual ends with a cup of tea and a special gift. Lasting 80 minutes the treatment is $200 with tax. Visit

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